Steering Committee & Staff of the Green Cities Coalition

Konrad Schlarbaum is Chairman of the Green Cities Coalition

Konrad Schlarbaum

Chair •  Steering Committee member  (term: end of 2018)

Konrad became a new addition to our Steering Committee as of last September and already has had such an impact that we asked him to become our new chairman, which he graciously accepted! Konrad is the Sustainability Coordinator at Pikes Peak Community College, where he engages and teaches sustainable lifestyle behaviors to staff and students through education and outreach, leadership and strategic planning and the development and execution of a sustainability plan.  He calls himself a “Social and Sustainability Entrepreneur”. With his varied background in information and technology in the US Army, Veteran Services, and his track-record of being a co-founder and President of Student LEAF at the University of Northern Colorado, he brings much experience on top of a great personality and leadership skills.

He has been a magnificent partner in our January Summit 4 “On The Same Page” for which he secured our guest speaker Richard Jurin and handled the complete programming and logistics. His contribution to today’s highly successful “Pikes Peak Foodshed Forum 2” and a number of other activities are further testimony.  You can learn more about Konrad at LinkedIn and a wonderful radio interview on KCMJ Community Radio.

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Leslie Weise

Vice Chair • Steering Committee Member • Convener of the Energy Coalition Group  (term: end of 2017)

Leslie is an intellectual property attorney and environmental activist with over 25 years of business, legal and technical experience in the cleantech, computer and networking industries. She has served as in-house counsel for several Silicon Valley technology companies, and as a volunteer for many Boards of Directors for Environmental and Sustainability focused non-profits. For the past 15 years, she has directed her focus specifically to the cleantech industry to assist finding solutions to displace harmful fossil fuels.  She obtained a Master of Law degree from the University of Denver in Natural Resource and Environmental Law and Policy. She served as an intern at the Dept. of Energy in Golden, Colorado. Since then, Weise has managed a business consulting firm, Weise Consulting, advising tech companies, startups and not-for-profit businesses.


Kimberly Reeves

 Steering Committee Member • Convener of the Recycling Group (term: end of 2018)

Kimberly has been the Sustainability Programs Manager at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs since Aug 2014. There she oversees the Zero Waste program, which includes the coordination of on- and off-site composting, in-house cardboard collection and sales, educational events, and specialized campaigns. She also collaborates with many different departments on campus including Dining and Hospitality Services, Event Services and the Recreation and Wellness Center. She supports the Bicycle Advisory Committee to advocate for alternative transportation options on and around campus, the Green Action Fund Committee to bring innovate projects to make UCCS more sustainable, and volunteer opportunities with the office and the surrounding Colorado Springs community to provide hands-on experience and engagement to UCCS students.

Hailing from Atlanta, Georgia, Kimberly completed her undergrad at Agnes Scott College and her Masters in Environmental Planning + Design from the University of Georgia. She enjoys hiking, camping, flora/fauna identification, and believes that knowing the name of individual species provides a deeper connection to the world around us.

Amy Cook Porter, Secretary Green Cities Coalition

Amy Cook-Porter

Secretary • Steering Committee Member • Holistic Health Coalition Group (term: end of 2019)

Managing Editor of Terra Essentials: Your Guide to Healthy Living, a directory of alternative healthcare practitioners, small business professionals and local food producers in and around the Pikes Peak Region of Colorado.

Lyn Harwell, Member At Large Green Cities Coalition

Lyn Harwell

Steering Committee Member (term: end of 2019)

Proprietor of Seeds Community Cafe, focusing on healthy community by providing a basic need of food in a respectful and dignified manner to anyone who walks in the door! Dedicated to eliminating hunger and social barriers associated with food by feeding all people regardless of their ability to pay!

Ellen Johnson

Ellen Johnson-Fay

Steering Committee Member • Convener of the Local Food Coalition Group (term: end of 2018)

Ellen is currently Minister Emerita of All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church in Colorado Springs, she retired in 2006 after serving as minister since 1999. She is an ordained member of Thich Nhat Hanh’s Order of Interbeing and a practitioner of Engaged Buddhism.  Ellen facilitates workshops in compassionate communication, supports the Local Food Revolution in whatever way she can, and enjoys hiking whenever she gets the chance.


Becky Elder, Member at Large Steering Committee Green Cities Coalition

Becky Elder

Advisor to City of Manitou Springs

Becky Elder is an environmental consultant and has been gardening on the Colorado Front Range since 1975.  As a permaculture designer, she is a passionate advocate for building community resilience along with Pikes Peak Permaculture and Green Cities Coalition. A life-long organic gardener, Becky is well known for her Earth-conscious Blue Planet Earthscapes, an award winning gardening company.  Becky’s first book, Raven in the Garden, a Front Range Gardener’s Journal was published in 2007.   Becky lives in Manitou Springs and currently sits on the City Council.

Sustainability Coordinator Green Cities Coalition

Steve Saint

Sustainability Coordinator Green Cities Coalition

Pikes Peak Justice & Peace Commission, Pikes Peak Permaculture, a gent of many hats.

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Green Cities Coalition is a Colorado registered Corporation, and is working on its non-profit status. You can read our Articles of Incorporation, and our GCC Bylaws here.  Below you see Green Cities Coalition organizational chart, and you can also download GCC organizational chart here.   We’ve also written up an historical Narrative.  Plenty to read!

If you are a member of the Green Cities Coalition and wish to discuss starting a Working Group, please contact our Chairman.

You can find our current Steering Committee Members (Board of Directors) are, as well as our staff members are.